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The Night Billy Buddy Died: Dr. Horrible’s Tragicomic Inversion of Spider-Man

The accidental death of Penny, the girl Billy Buddy aka Dr. Horrible loves, has parallels to the deaths of several comic book deaths, though none so much as the death of Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen.

Kevin M. Brettauer
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The Ten Last Days: Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba's 'Daytripper'

The conclusion of Daytripper, in its own way, both subverts and expands upon the ending of another notable work of literature to emerge from the post-911 condition, the TV show Lost.

Kevin M. Brettauer
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My Own Private Singularity: "Iron Man: Rapture" and the Horror, the Horror

Tony, Ex Machina!: In Iron Man: Rapture, a very real, very human brush with death sends Tony Stark over the edge. When faced with his own mortality, what does the smartest man in the world do? It’s simple: build a better body. But at what cost?

Kevin M. Brettauer
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If You Can Read This, You’re Literate: An Interview with Filmmaker Todd Kent

After five decades of self-censorship stemming primarily from the Frederic Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, can comics reassert its rightful role in promoting literacy during childhood? Wertham had a few valid points, contends filmmaker Todd Kent.

Kevin M. Brettauer
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No Stranger to Fiction #22: “God Was a Straw Dog”

Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth shifts up a gear with the current "Animal Armies" arc, reaffirming its writer's position as one of the top cultural observers working in comics today.

Kevin M. Brettauer
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No Stranger to Fiction #20: Without Warning

After 18 years of premier publications and a few missed opportunities, WildStorm is shutting down. But it shouldn't.

Kevin M. Brettauer
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Once in a Lifetime: Each of Us Is a Daytripper, and We Are All Made of Stars

The archetypes of a vast array creative geniuses, including David Lynch, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stan Rogers, come together to tell everyone’s story in the superlative Daytripper, which sets a new standard for comic book masterpieces along the lines of Watchmen or A Contract with God.

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No Stranger to Fiction #19: Pope Matters

This past weekend saw Anti-Pope marches in the United Kingdom, coinciding with the Pope's visit. But where was the Anti-Pope himself?

Kevin M. Brettauer
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No Stranger to Fiction #18: “A Life on the Killing Streets”

The Ramparts We Watched: Confirmed by the unnecessary shooting death of Manuel Jamines in Los Angeles, it appears that Lucas Bishop, not James Gordon, seems to be the archetype most American policemen can get behind.

Kevin M. Brettauer
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"Becoming Who We Are": The Horrors of Survival in 'The Walking Dead Vol. 12: Life Among Them'

Thomas Harris' Francis Dolarhyde once commented that his victims were privy to a great becoming. As The Walking Dead continues, Robert Kirkman gives us front row center seats to the greatest undoing of all.

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No Stranger to Fiction: The Mummudrai That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World

The Guilt of Those of Us Who Ran Away: Grant Morrison’s classic X-Men run’s focus on the deeper, darker aspects of human nature--guilt, shame and rejection, among others--stands out like a sore thumb or a broken heart.

Kevin M. Brettauer
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"Patty Hearst Heard the Burst": Joshua Dysart's Unknown Soldier

It’s impossible, while reading Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli’s superlative Unknown Soldier, to not think of the late, great Warren Zevon’s ballad of Roland, the so-called “headless Thompson gunner”, and his seemingly endless battle. Perhaps there's a reason for that.

Kevin M. Brettauer
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"Patty Hearst Heard the Burst": Joshua Dysart's Unknown Soldier, the Faceless Thompson Gunner

It’s impossible, while reading Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli’s superlative Unknown Soldier, to not think of the late, great Warren Zevon’s ballad of Roland, the so-called “headless Thompson gunner”, and his seemingly endless battle. Perhaps there's a reason for that.

Kevin M. Brettauer
Comics

Goblin on Our Back: Norman Osborn’s Path From Killer to Savior and Back Again

Marvel’s writing staff of the last seven years created an iconic, status quo-shifting series of events that redefined a universe and, most importantly, showed a staggeringly real, organic evolution of a character whose time, many thought, was over.

Kevin M. Brettauer
Comics

No Stranger to Fiction: Reality Punch, Hmmm

Long used as a tool by totalitarian regimes, historical alteration (or the 'retcon') in comics however, becomes a powerful meditative device.

Kevin M. Brettauer
Comics

Who Is Henry Pym, and Why Are They Saying Such Terrible Things About Him?

Dan Slott has redeemed the founding Avenger and leader of the "Mighty" team, deftly and expertly removing him from the ghetto of mischaracterized misanthropic anti-heroes just in time for the Heroic Age.

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Gotham After The Rain: The Cult of Personality of Batman and Robin

Morrison's "Bat-God" gets a makeover after the seeming death of Bruce Wayne, revealing Gotham's near-deification of not just the man, but of everything from the costume to his methods to his legend and legacy.

Kevin M. Brettauer
Comics

No Stranger to Fiction: “Now I Believe in This”, or Why My God Has a Hammer

How could it have come to this? Are we living in an age of infinite war that draws upon the West/East tensions of the past? Are the summer megaevents of the Big 2 comics companies a parody? Or reportage?

Kevin M. Brettauer
Comics

No Stranger to Fiction: “The Water Is Wide”

A note to surface-dwelling users of this “Internet”: Regular “No Stranger to Fiction” blogger Kevin M. Brettauer is currently indisposed and will be unable to complete an entry for this week, at least until his skull heals up. Til then, I, a True and Avenging Thane of Atlantis, will fill his human “shoes” in an attempt to elucidate you.

Kevin M. Brettauer
Comics

No Stranger to Fiction #11: ‘Live Together, Die Alone’

The literally thousands of perfect moments Stephen Perry was responsible for when he contributed to a core of influential 1980s cartoon shows, tragically could not assuage his own horrific death.

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